Do You Believe Talcum Powder Has Caused Your Ovarian CancerDo you believe talcum powder has caused your ovarian cancer? If you do, you may be wondering whether you should pursue a personal injury lawsuit to be compensated for your injury.
In 1892, Dr. Frederick B. Kilmer, who was Johnson & Johnsons director of scientific affairs, invented a scented powder that was initially labeled as for toilet and nursery. The product was perfume added to Italian talcum. It was sold along with sanitary napkins to mothers and midwives after childbirth.
The product became so popular around the world that many people began to associate the scent of the product with the scent of newborn babies. Many women liked the scent so much that they started sprinkling Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder around their genital area and in their underwear.
For several decades women have used talcum powder to keep their genital area comfortable and cool and to keep moisture, chafing and odor under control in this private area of their body. In addition, many women have had their reproductive tracts exposed to talcum powder through condoms that were coated with it or diaphragms that were sprinkled with it.
Inhaled by infants
Medical professionals have known for years that it is dangerous for babies and children to breathe talcum powder. This is due to the fact that it has been associated with respiratory issues, especially in relation to infants. When talcum powder becomes airborne and is inhaled by infants, it can cause fast and shallow breathing, coughing, wheezing and in some instances chronic or acute lung irritation.
As far back as 1971, a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer was discovered in a study that showed talc particles in the ovarian tissue of people with cancer. This was the first time that medical professionals were aware that women were at risk for developing ovarian cancer thru long-term use of talcum powder on their genitals, diaphragms, condoms and sanitary pads.
While there is some conflicting research, the majority of published medical studies show that talc-based powders are associated with ovarian cancer when they have been used long-term by women for control of chafing, moisture and odor in their genital area. There is evidence that indicates talc particles move through the vagina into the fallopian tubes, which increases a womans risk for ovarian cancer.
The International Journal of Gynecological Cancer states that frequent use of talcum powder in a womans genital area increases her risk of ovarian cancer between 30 and 60%. One of the leading experts in talcum-related cancer research, Dr. Daniel Cramer, of Harvard Medical School, estimates that thousands of women develop ovarian cancer each year as a result of using talcum powder.
As a result, many lawsuits have been brought forth alleging negligence and fraud. The lawsuits claim that manufacturers knew of the risks but refused to put warning labels on their products, thus deliberately keeping this information from the public in order to increase sales and profits.
Again, if you believe you have ovarian cancer as a result of using talcum powder, the wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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